General PerformanceThe TR-004U unlike the DS418 is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TR-004U to your needs. The TR-004U RAM compared with DS418 2GB is clearly weaker.
About Usage As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your TR-004U box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £345.00.
designUsing a new Chassis, dual LAN ports and improved internal hardware - the DS418 NAS is certainly a NAS that will surprise users used to the lacklustre hardware available in the DS416 and DS414 NAS
featuresFeaturing such software application and support as 4K, 1080p, apple time machine, and almost every application from DSM 6.2 - This standard class NAS arrives with an excellent feature select.
performancePerforming well on many, many smaller file level transfers, the DS418 is a device that will provide a solid hardware and software position for you and your home or business
valueAt just £330, this si a great amount of hardware and software ability at this price mark. Definitely one to consider for surveillance and file level business needs
designStill in a lower tier to the DS918+ or DS418PLAY - If you need raw, immediate power, maybe give this a miss
features Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.
performanceApplications that are heavy in graphic generation or visual editing will struggle a little on the DS418
valueIf your needs are more than 50% related to multimedia, Plex, DLNA and more will maybe need to skip this and go for the DS218+
General PerformanceThe DS418 unlike the TR-004U is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the TR-004U this box has the Realtek RTD1296 quad-core 1.4GHz processor.
About Connections There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Two USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.
About Usage With 4 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £23.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TR-004U.